It's a good thing I love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost so much, otherwise I might be more dismissive of this first trailer for Paul. The British comedy pair, best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, star as two nerdy best friends on a road trip to Area 51 in the hopes of seeing an alien . . . and I almost hate to say that they get their wish. When they have a close encounter with little CGI extraterrestrial Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen, it's up to these sci-fi fans to protect him. If you watched this teaser only and didn't know anything about the project — like, that it's directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola and has one of the funniest casts ever assembled — you may be a little put off.That said, I have an enormous amount of faith in Frost and Pegg, who wrote the script, and even though you barely get to see any of the other supporting actors (like Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader), I've still got hope. While I winced a little through this first footage, I also giggled at the end. If the movie is full of that kind of silly humor, then I'm on board.
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So much about this movie news is exciting. First, we've got a great, funny director in Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). Secondly, there's a script written by the excellent and hilarious British duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced). And now, there's a great group of comedic actors rounding out the cast: Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Jane Lynch (I love that she keeps getting more projects these days!). Here's more on the project, titled Paul:
Pegg and Frost, who wrote the script, will play two science-fiction fanatics on a road trip whose conspiracy dreams come true when they trek to Area 51 and encounter the title character, an escaped alien. Rogen will provide the voice of the alien.
It's not my ultimate comedic dream team, but I see nothing wrong at all with this group of funny people. I can't wait for Paul to invade theaters. Oh man, that's terrible. That's it. I'm done!
Oh, how I love these guys! Anyone who has seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz is probably familiar with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's hilarious, satiric ways, and fans of the duo will be happy to know that they're back at work on another comedy. This time the premise and location are both distinctly American. Pegg wouldn't reveal too much to MTV Movies Blog, but he did say this: "It's called Paul and it’s a road movie about two British geeks in America."
Also, as a twist on their usual relationship in their films, Pegg won't be playing the one ranking on Frost's character all the time. According to Pegg, "I'm the bitch in this one. This time Simon’s the bitch!"
I love these guys. I was so looking forward to seeing Pegg soon in Run, Fat Boy, Run alongside Hank Azaria, but apparently the film's release date has been moved from October to March. One website has a supposed quote from Pegg stating that the weekend in October when Fat Boy was supposed to open proved too risky with Steve Carell's Dan in Real Life also coming out. I'm so bummed by this news! I was looking forward to watching that fat boy run next month.